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their Durations are certainly equal, is so fairly imply'd in the Texts themselves, and their mutual connexion, that 'tis
generally own'd, and so need not be farther insisted on. The Apoc. xi. 2, 3. words are these: The Court which is without the Temple cast out,
and measure it not; for it is given to the Gentiles : and the holy City shall they tread under foot 42 months. And I will give power anto my rwo Witnesses, and they shall prophecy 1200 days, or all those 42 months, cloathed in Sackcloth.
Sackcloth. And, as Mr. Mede Apoc. xi. 18. well observes, this is confirm'd by the Anger of the Gentiles,
exprefs’d as soon as the Witnesses are ascended up into Heaven, on account of their being at the same time excluded and banish'd from the Court of the Temple, which hitherto for so long a time they had pofsefsd, and trampled under their feet. There appearing no other reason in the Text for such their Anger, than that Exclusion and Banishment, and the consequent punishment from God; and that being a most natural occasion of such a passion. So that since this their Anger is contemporary in the Prophecy with the Ascension of the Witnesses, or the Conclusion of their Sackcloth-condition; it is a strong Indication that these two equal Periods of the treading down of the holy City, or Outer Court of the Temple by the Gentiles, and of the condition of the two Witnesses prophecying in Sackcloth, end at the same time, and by consequence are intirely contemporary:
So that, upon the whole, (to re-capitulate the three last Arguments) since it particularly appears from the second Argument, that the third and fourth Prophecies are intirely contemporary: and from the third Argument, that the second and fourth are intirely contemporary : and from the fourth Argument, that the first and second are also intirely contemporary: the Consequence is, that all four are universally and intirely contemporary from
from the beginning to the end. Corollarium. The State of the Church, represented by the Inner Apoc. xi. 1. Court, measur’d by St. John, as being sacred and pure'; and that
represented by the Struggle or Combat between the imagon and his Angels on the one side, against Michael and his Angels on the ether, about the woman with Child, and the Snares laid for her before the arriv'd in the Wilderness, are contemporary to each
other, and prior to the State of the Church, represented ander the four foregoing Synchronisms, contain’d in the present Propofition. This is plain, because these two States do directly precede the Contemporary States before-mention’d. The Inner Court, both in the Situation of the Temple, and in the Order of St. John's Aitions and Narrations, being just before the Onter; and the pains of Gestation and Childbirth, and Flight, with the Combat and Snares appertaining to them, being just before the habitation or continuance in the Wilderness. And since it has been prov'd in this Proposition, that the Outer Court, and the Woman's habitation in the Wilderness, are exactly contemporary; it will follow, that the Inner Court, and the Contest about the Woman with Child, and her flight into the Wilderness, are contemporary, and immediately preceding them also.
The second Beast in the Revelation, which is also
stiled elsewhere by St. John the false Prophet, by Daniel the Little Horn, and by St. Paul the Man of Sin, is in general very much contemporary with the first Beast with seven Heads and ten Horns ; and as he begins no very long time after him, so does he continue till his utter conclusion and destruction.
That the fecond Beast in the Revelation, is the same that is there also stiled the false Prophet, is evident by their Descriptis ons compar'd together; and by the consent of Interpreters of the Apocalypse, even as early as the Times of Irenans. The Lib.v.c.xxviij. words of the Text concerning the second Beast, are these. P. 444. He doth great Wonders, so that he maketh Fire to come down from Apoc. xiij. 13. Heaven on the Earth in the fight of Men; and deceiveth them 14. that dwell on the Earth by the means of those Miracles which he had power to do in the fight of the Beast ; saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the Beast which bad the wound by a sword, and did live. The Parallel description
of the false Prophet runs in these words, The Beast was raken, Apoc. xix. 20. and with him the false Prophet, that wrought Miracles before him;
with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the Beaft, and them that worsliipped his image. That the Little Horn alfo in Daniel ( I mean not that belonging to the Third KingHom, Dan. viij. but that belonging to the Fourth, Dan. vij.) is the fame with this second Bealt, or falfe Prophet, is evident, not only becaufe there is nothing elfe in the Revelation which can agree to it; but alfo by their common relation to, and dependance on the first Beast with seven Heads and ten Horns ; and by the likeness of their Characters: And accordingly thè
general * .confent of Ihterpreters has determind them to be the Dao.vij. 8, 11, fame. The Little Horn had eyes like the eyes of a man, and a
month speaking very great things: whose looks were more stönt than his fellows. Who Would speak great words against the most High; and should wear oni the Saints of the most High; and think to change times and laws. Part of the second Beast's Character
is, That tho'be had two Hörn's like ta Lamb, yet that Pe sprake Apoc. xiij. 11, as a Dragon. That he exerciseth all the power of the firft Beast
before him, and had power to give life to the image of 'the Beast; that the Image of the Beast should both fpeak, and cause that as many as would not worship the Image of the Beast should be killed. Tliéle Characters are soʻlike, that they make it highly probaBle they'refer to 'the 'fame thing, and both concenter in the
fame subject. That the Man of Sin, in St. Paul, is the same 1 Theff. ij.
with this Second Beast and Little Hořn, is also evident'in their
Descriptions compar'd together. The Little Horn did not Dan, vij. 8. arise till after the Rise of the Fourth Beast with its Ten'Horns,
se till after the Roman Empire was divided into FenKingdoms; 2 Thes. ij. 6. 7. and the Man of Sin is not to arise till the To Horizons or intire. Dan.vij.20,2 t. nels of the Roman Empire, as the Fathers 'expound it, be ta2 Thcl. ij.4. ken away. The Little Horn dömineers over all; so does the
Fixum & stabile & omnium quoque consensu firmatum, &c. It is fure and certain, and confirmed also by the consent of all, that Daniel did understand by the Little Horn, and “as "it were point at with his Finger nothing else but Antichrist that was to come. Malvenda de Antichrifto p. 224.
It is the agreeing opinion of the Fathers and Interpreters, that Antichrist is called the Lirike Hirn. Idem, p. 253:
Man of Sin likewise. The Second Beast or Little Horn pretends to strange Wonders and Miracles, and thereby deceives Apoc. xiij. 13, the World; so does the Man of Sin also. And the Second 14. Beaft or Little Horn is destroy'd at Christ's coming to set up Dan.vij... 10; his glorious Kingdom in the World; and the Man of Sin iş 11. to be confumid with the Spirit of Christ's Mouth, and de- Apoc. xix. 20. Stray'd with the brightness of bis Coming : In short, the Little 2 Thes.ij. 8. Horn, Şecond Beast, and Man of sin, are so exgaly alike through their whole Descriptions, that hardly, any Commentator has ever doubted of their being the same things. But then the reason why $t. John's Description of the Twohorned Beast does not mention his Duration, nor his dis. planting or humbling Three Kings, which are principal Characters in Daniel; is plainly, because his chief business was to fupply Daniel's defects, and particularize such things as were omitted by him, according to St. John's known method both in his Gospel, with respeet to the threç former Evangelists, and in the Apocalypse with refpe& to Danjel. . And that this Little Horn, Second Beaft, Falfe Prophet, or 41an of Sin, is in the main contemporary with the first Begst with seven Heads, and ten Horns, is evident by the following Arguments.
1. They have both no very different Duration of their Dominion: For the Bealt with feyer Heads and ten Horns, as we have already feen, has power to make war 42 months : And Apoc. xiij.; the Little Horn has Times and Laws given into his band until a Dan. vij. 25. Time, Times, and a divifior or part of Time: which, as a Learned vid. Hypoth. Friend of mine Judiciously expounds it, is three years and one vije prius. of the known and most evident divisions of a year; i.e. a month or 37 Prophetick months; 1. e. but five such months fewer than the other Beast. So that since he is expressly said to arise after the other, and that this five months later risc exaatly agrees herewith, 'tis probable that the relt of their Durations do go along together, and so they are in the main contemporary.
2. The Beast with seven Heads and ten Horns begins the fame hour with the ter Kings; or as soon as ever the Roman Em- Apoc. xvis 12 pire is a&ually divided into Ten Kingdoms ; 1. c. when those Divisions which came on gradually amounted to the just and full Number of Ten. [And it seems impollible to be other
wise; for while there were but eight or nine Horns, it could not be a Beast with ten Horns : but as soon as ever the Tenth
was arisen,it must needs be a Bealt with that number of Horns.] Dan. vij. 8, 24. And the Little Horn is said to come up among the ten Horns
in place; and yet he is said to arise after them in time. se. Tho' this Little Horn was to obtain his power in the same place with the other, yet did not he begin to Rule or Reign till some time after all the other Ten were up; and that there. fore his Date is some time after the Rise of all the other Horns. Which being suppos'd, and that as we have already seen, the Duration of the Little Horn's Dominion is not very much fhorter than that of the Beast with ten Horns; 'tis evident that the Period of such their Dominion must end about the fame time also, and they in the main be contemporary.
3. They having both no very different Duration, as we have already seen, do appear also to end at the same time; I mean as to their Reign or Tyranny; and therefore must be in the main contemporary. Now that they end together, is plain, because the first Beasts 42 Months end at the beginning of the feventh Trumpet, or the Commencement of Christ's Kingdom; as we have already seen, and as the Nature of the thing cvidently requires: and because the Little Horn, or Second Beasts Time, Times, and a Division of Time, do also expire
at the same Commencement of Christ's Kingdom, as is Dan..vij., 21, plain in Daniels Account of him. The Little Horn making 22,25,26.
war with the Saints, and prevailing against them, until the
The intimate Relation and Agreement which the first and second Beast have all along with each other, seems to imply that they are for the main inseparable Companions, and in
general belong to the same time. The second Beast is said to Apoc. xiijo 13, exercise all the power of the first Beast before him ; and to cause
the Earth, and them that divell therein, to worship the first Beaft. He has power to do Miracles in the light of the Beast. He canses that no man may buy and sell, save he that has the Mark, or the